Kia Rio
aka Kia Pride
Production 2001-present
Class Subcompact car
Body Style Sedan
Length 166 in
Width 66 in
Height 57 in
Wheelbase 98 in
Weight 2365 lb
Transmission 5-speed manual, FWD
Engine I4
Power 110 hp @ 6000 rpm
107 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm
Similar Chevrolet Aveo
Dodge Caliber(5)
Honda Civic
Honda Fit(5)
Hyundai Accent
Mazda 3
Nissan Versa(5)
Designer Kia
New "Tiger Nose" designed by Peter Schreyer

The Kia Rio is a subcompact car made by the South Korean company Kia Motors and introduced in late 2000 (2001 model year). In the company's lineup, it replaced the Kia Pride, whose production ceased in 2000. Other cars occupying a similar market niche as the Rio include the Toyota Vitz (Toyota Yaris or Echo in some markets), Chevrolet Aveo, and the Hyundai Accent. To a lesser extent, the Rio also competes with compact cars such as the Honda Civic and Mazda3.

Recent Changes[edit | edit source]

  • As part of the 2010 update, the Kia Rio adopts a 'H' shaped signature grille used in Soul, Forte and Sorrento models. More higher quality materials will be used in the cabin.

Styles and Major Options[edit | edit source]

Styles: Base, LX, SX, Rio5 LX, and Rio5 SX

Pricing[edit | edit source]

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Sedan / with Automatic SX Trim3 Trim4
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Gas Mileage[edit | edit source]

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As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

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Engine and Transmission[edit | edit source]

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Performance[edit | edit source]

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Reliability[edit | edit source]

RECALL: In 2004, 27,000 Rios had to be recalled to repair the fuel line fault that could result in an engine fire.[2]

When the RACV inspected the Kia Rio, many faults found were wear and tear items. Body and suspension noises are common and so too are oil leaks while the trim and fittings can become shabby over time. Yet, many examples had bad reputations being lemons particularly those who had high mileages.

Safety[edit | edit source]

The IIHS crash-tested a 2007 Kia Rio. Results were good for frontal impact, poor for side impact (despite standard side-curtain air bags) and marginal for rear impact.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Colors[edit | edit source]

Exterior Colors

  • Clear Silver (All models)
  • Clear White (All models)
  • Midnight Black (All models)
  • Cashmere Beige (LX)
  • Olive Grey (LX)
  • Polar Blue (LX)
  • Sapphire Blue (LX, SX)
  • Tropical Red (LX. SX)
  • Sunset Orange (SX)

Interior Colors

  • Beige (LX)
  • Grey

Main Competitors[edit | edit source]

Hybrid Models[edit | edit source]

There will be a Kia Rio hybrid in 2009. This is significant because the Kia Rio will be the first South Korean-made hybrid car.

Unique Attributes[edit | edit source]

Based on popular car reviews sites, the 2006-2008 Kia Rio is one of the leading sub-compact cars in terms of fuel efficiency.

Of the cars surveyed by the RACV, the 2001-2005 Kia Rio is the cheapest light car to run on a weekly basis.

Interior[edit | edit source]

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Resale Values[edit | edit source]

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Criticisms[edit | edit source]

"You may have seen The Fly II, where a scientist attempts to teleport a dog. In one of the most gruesome scenes I've seen, it arrives inside-out. Well, the Rio is uglier than that. Small wonder Kia's importer in Britain is sponsoring the Pedestrian Association's Walking Bus scheme. Parents take it in turns to walk a "bus" for kids to school. After three days in the Rio, my kids thought it was a brilliant idea to walk instead. Even though their school is 30 km away and it was blowing a gale off the Canadian tundra." Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

"This car has been defeated by a hill." Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

Generations[edit | edit source]

Third Generation (2011-present)[edit | edit source]

Second Generation (2006–2011)[edit | edit source]

The first generation was replaced for 2006. The new Rio is based on a redesigned platform shared with the Hyundai Accent. The engine was upgraded to a 110 hp 1.6L DOHC 4 cylinder also shared with the Hyundai Accent. Other changes include a thorough cosmetic update, an increase in exterior size and interior volume, more standard safety features, and replacement of the Rio Cinco with a 5-door hatchback, now called Rio5 in the US. The 2006 sedan offers two trim levels while the Rio5 offers a single trim level equivalent to the better of the two sedan trim levels. New vanity features in the higher trim levels such as a leather-covered steering wheel suggest that Kia intends to move the Rio upmarket. Just as in the first generation, in Europe (including the UK), only the five-door hatchback version is offered.

For the first time, the 2006 Rio received an award from the automotive press, the "Editors' Choice Award for Most Improved New Car" from Autobytel.

In Australia, Kia offered a 1.4 litre option in 2007. It costs $14,990 AUD ($1,000 cheaper from a base model 1.6L).

First Generation/Origins (2001–2005)[edit | edit source]

The first-generation Rio was available as a five-door wagon in Europe and in most other markets as either a five-door wagon or a four-door sedan.

The wagon version was sold as the Rio Cinco (cinco: five in Spanish) in the USA, Rio RX-V (V: five in Roman numerals) in Canada, Rio Look in Chile, and simply Rio in the United Kingdom (as the sedan version was not offered there).

The first-generation Rio offered only one engine for each year in the USA: a 96 hp 1.5 L DOHC 4-cylinder from 2001 through 2002, then a larger version of the same engine, a 1.6 L DOHC 4-cylinder rated at 105 hp, from 2003 through 2005. All years offered a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. An alternative of a 1.3 L SOHC 4-cylinder or a diesel engine was offered in other countries.

The USA version offered a single trim level each for the sedan and the wagon. The wagon came with standard power steering and a tachometer, which were optional on the sedan.

Safety features were basic, consisting of seat belts and airbags for the driver and front-seat passengers. ABS was available as an option for entry-line cars but fitted by default for top of the range models (i.e. Rio LX, in the UK).

Rio received a mild redesign for the 2003 model year including upgrades in engine, suspension, and brakes and other improvements with new styling outside including a different grille and headlights and inside a new instrument panel and console.

Worldwide[edit | edit source]

In the Korean market the Rio is sold as the Kia Pride.

Design quirks and oddities[edit | edit source]

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Awards[edit | edit source]

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See also[edit | edit source]


Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai | Kia

Current: Sedona · Sorento · Sportage · Rondo · Optima · Rio · Borrego · Forte · Forte Koup · Soul · Cadenza · Ray · K9

Current (Europe and Asia): Picanto · Cee'd · Pro cee'd · Cerato · Venga · Magentis

Historic: Pride · Spectra · Amanti

Concept: KCV-III · KCD-I Slice · Sport · KCV4 Mojave · Soul Concept · Multi-S Crossover · KCD-II · Kue · Cee'd · Pro cee'd · Kia Rondo SX · Ex cee'd Cabrio · KND-4 4x4 · Kee Sports Coupe Concept · Eco cee'd Concept · SOUL Concepts · SOUL Burner Concept · SOUL Diva Concept · SOUL Searcher Concept · Koup Concept · Soul Hybrid Concept · Borrego Limited Concept · SOULster Concept · MPV Concept · №3 Concept · KND-5 Concept · Ray PHEV Concept · Venga EV Concept · POP EV Concept · Sportage Antenna "Work" Concept · Sportage Antenna "Play" Concept · Forte Koup Type R Concept · KV7 Concept

Racing: Forte Koup Grand-Am Koni Challenge

Kia Motors Europe · Doongpung Ywieda Kia · Kia Motors America · Asia Motors, Ltd · Dongfeng Yueda Kia Automobile Company

Kia Corporate website A subsidiary of the Hyundai Motor Company

External links[edit | edit source]

2012 Five-door Kia Rio – US prices announced[edit | edit source]

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